Melissa Greene has provided psychotherapy services to Nashville and surrounding communities since 2000. She has worked with children, adults, and families during that time, providing treatment for a wide range of issues. She received her
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and her Master's in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. She has provided outpatient therapy to students and faculty during her practicum at Vanderbilt University as well as various in-home therapy programs through community mental health. She began her work as an in-home therapist, serving children at risk of removal from their homes. From there she became supervisor of the program, while continuing outpatient work. She currently teaches "Creativity and Personal Growth" for the Social Work Department at Middle Tennessee State University.
In her work with numerous children and adults with anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties, Melissa noticed that many of these individuals had a history of traumatic events in their lives. Often there was abuse, loss, or neglect that had never been acknowledged and, thus, never treated. She learned that paying attention to these events and helping clients heal from old wounds often brought great relief in the present. She received extensive training in various evidence-based treatments for individuals exposed to trauma, focusing primarily on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC), and specialized training in the diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She began to train other clinicians in the use of these treatment modalities and has provided clinical supervision to therapists-in-training since 2008.
In addition to the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress, Melissa Greene has extensive knowledge and experience in a variety of areas including play therapy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, the treatment of addictions, and incorporation of The 12 Steps in therapy. She invites play, mindfulness, and self-compassion into her treatment with both adults and children. Melissa strongly believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship, and that when people feel seen and heard by another person, they become more capable of seeing and hearing their own authentic selves.
Melissa Greene also has many years of experience in creative writing and in mentoring other writers. She has poetry published in The Phoenix (The University of Tennessee's literary arts magazine), All Around Us: Poems from the Valley, and New Millennium Writings. Melissa believes strongly in the healing power of words and has provided writing workshops to adolescents during their inpatient psychiatric stay at Vanderbilt Hospital. She provided the patients there a safe space to express themselves and taught them that the blank page is always a welcome friend, where feelings can be contained and honored.
Melissa currently counsels individuals, families, and couples in her private practice in Nashville, Tennessee. She also provides various therapeutic groups, workshops, and training opportunities throughout the year. See the Events page for all upcoming important dates.